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HOT BITES

HOT BITES

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HOT BITES

Onion rings at the Rustic Inn in Fort Calhoun.

Hot Bites are compiled by food critic Sarah Baker Hansenfrom the past two months of dining reviews.

DUGGER'S CAFE

4950 Dodge St. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $

Menu: The breakfast-focused cafe fills a void in Dundee: It's one of the only places serving meals early in the day.

Our take: The offerings at Dugger's are hearty, and the cafe is smartly focused on serving simple diner food in an atmosphere just upscale enough.

Try this: The veggie omelet featured flavorful, fluffy eggs stuffed with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, onion, zucchini and asparagus cooked crisp-tender, all with a side of hot, crisp home fries.

BONEFISH GRILL

120 Regency Parkway. 4 to 10 p.m.

Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. $$-$$$

Menu: Bonefish offers steaks, chops, chicken and burgers, but we stuck with seafood because it's the restaurant's specialty.

Our take: There's a broad and accessible menu, friendly staff and contemporary atmosphere, which may account for its popularity with families, couples and others.

The food, though, doesn't stand out.

Try this: Chilean sea bass was moist, tender and flavorful; crab cakes featured a generous portion of crabmeat.

HERITAGE FOOD G WINE

316S. 15th St. 11a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

$$-$$$

Menu: The small-plate, sharing-focused menu takes lots of chances; almost all of them work.

Our take: Brussels sprouts, cheese and meat, ricotta and garlic, and smoked salmon, along with everything at brunch, were hits. A couple of menu items were marred by too much salt.

Try this: The restaurant's version of Baked Alaska, a throwback to be sure, arrived with a carrot cake base, a cardamom ice cream center and a torched meringue top. It's a well-done redux.

FORMOSA ZEN

17903 Pierce Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. $

Menu: Interesting takes on Asian food, including some dishes we hadn't seen elsewhere.

Our take: Proteins-including duck, salmon, shrimp and beef — were high-quality and well-cooked. The fried and steamed dumplings were some of the best we've found.

Try this: The lemongrass dish with salmon arrived cooked to a tender flakiness surrounded by crisp vegetables and a thin, punchy sauce. Balanced with hints of basil and a touch of spice, it worked.

SISTERS CAFE

534 Main St., Plattsmouth. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. $

Menu: Half Thai, half German is unusual, but here, it works.

Our take: The Thai dishes are the star of the show. They are subtly spiced, flavorful and balanced.

Try this: The texture of the pad Thai hit between creamy and rich, and the sauce nailed the balance of sweet, spicy, sour and salty.

NITE OWL

3902 Farnam St. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. $

Menu: Craft cocktails meet kitschy takes on bar food in a loungy but unpretentious atmosphere.

Our take: The owners have come up with a menu that strikes the tricky balance of food that works as well for lunch as it does for a midnight snack.

Try this: The sliders, including the banh mi and bird house, are great. Tot-Chos - tater tots masquerading as nachos - and the Big Frita burger, with its chorizo kick, egg and fried onions, are crowd favorites.

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